Kittery is Seeking Public Input on Recreational Marijuana
Maine voters approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational uses in November 2016. The law allows cities and towns to determine if they want to allow retail recreational marijuana grow facilities, manufacturing, and retail stores in their communities. In accordance with the new law, the Town cannot enact ordinances or regulations that prohibit or limit personal use of recreational marijuana in Kittery.
We are currently working to understand if Kittery wants marijuana operations, and if so, where and how. A working group of town staff including the Town Manager, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Town Planner, Code Enforcement Officer, School Resource Officer and a physician from York Hospital are gathering information about retail marijuana operations and input from residents and businesses. The outcome of this effort will be proposed ordinances and regulations that either prohibit or regulate retail marijuana operations in Kittery.
Below is a list of links with information on retail marijuana. We will seek to add additional links as more information becomes available. The Town does not endorse or take responsibility for the opinions, viewpoints, or information provided through the links.
We are also collecting input from residents and business operators retail marijuana in Kittery. The first step in the public input process was a brief survey for both audiences. The survey results are below. Additional public input opportunities will be available as the process progresses. Information about public hearings, workshops, and other input opportunities will be posted below.
PUBLIC MEETINGS - For a complete list of public meetings click here.
- Town Council and Planning Board Workshop - April 24. To discuss proposed zoning amendments for short-term prohibition on marijuana operations. Proposed zoning amendments include defining retail and medical marijuana uses as distinct land uses, prohibiting retail marijuana throughout town, allowing medical primary care giver land uses as a major home occupation. Report to Council and proposed amendments are attached above.
- Planning Board Public Hearing on Short-Term Prohibition on Marijuana Operations - April 13. Short-Term Prohibition on Marijuana Operations was recommended for Council adoption by the Planning Board on March 23rd, with the exception of Medical Marijuana Primary Carevgiver allowed as a Major Home Occupation.
- Town Council Public Hearing on Short-Term Prohibition on Marijuana Operations - May 22. Council approved short-term prohibition of marijuana operations excepting Primary Caregiver operations. Primary Caregiver operations are allowed as major home occupation and require annual approval by the Board of Appeals.
- Planning for Future Local Impacts of Legalized Marijuana - May 17, 6PM at Traip Academy.
- Legalization: Perspectives from the Marijuana Industry in Maine - June 29, 6PM at Traip Academy.
- Town Council and Planning Board Workshop - July 24, 6PM. Working Group will provide the Town Council with an update on their activities and a detailed framework for ordinances and policies encompassing land use, licensing, public safety, and personnel policies. The timeline for next steps will also be discussed. The report and updated framework are available at the top of this page.